Fantasy football can be so exciting and on the flip side, downright excruciating. For me, countless hours go into every week’s preparation so that I can make the best educated choices on who makes my starting roster. Some guys have been locked in since Week One and others get the opportunity to step up and shine. This past week was one where every decision I made was wrong and I am hoping that it doesn’t hurt my chances for the playoffs. You can’t predict the future and know that Cameron Brate is going to receive 14 Targets to OJ Howards’s one. I dropped Baker Mayfield in favor or Kyle Allen. I started Dede Westbrook instead of Marvin Jones. The thing that makes it palatable is that I still wouldn’t have won if I made the right decisions when setting my lineup, my opponent almost doubled me up, fitting as we call him “Double”. I started the week off with duds from my keeper disappointment James Conner and my 2nd round bust OBJ. It was all downhill from there.
Howard the Duck the movie came out in 1986. It starred Lorraine Baines-McFly aka Lea Thompson, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and stud Tim Robbins. It was such a stinker and had lots of potential to break out… or at least I thought it did when it came out in theaters. I was a dork of a kid growing up in San Diego and Pee Wee Herman,Weird Science and Teen Wolf were big box office favorites of mine. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure shared the same VHS Tape as Howard the Duck in my home. Howard occupied the first part of the tape, so we always had to fast forward to get to P Dub. Howard The Duck was given every opportunity to shine, he failed miserably. I have now tabbed OJ Howard the Duck. As you can see the animosity is thick, I play to win, goose eggs make my blood boil. He was not my only calamity Week 11 as Patrick Mahomes laid his worst game of 2019 (other than the game he was injured in) and blew my chances of a win. Sam Darnold was on my bench licking his chops…. but he and Kirk Cousins are there since ‘My Homie’ is on a bye Week 12. Teams on a bye this week: Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers & Vikings.
If you are clinging on for dear life or if you are bolstering up for the playoffs, here are some ‘sneaks‘ that The Argus is admiring.
Jeff Driskel (DET)
Ownership: 4% ESPN, 3% Yahoo
Week 11: 15/26 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Rushed eight times for 51 yards and added another touchdown.
It is the ground yards that bumps his floor up quite a bit. Detroit gets the 1-9 Redskins who could only muster 225 total offense in Week 11 and allowed Sam Darnold to toss four touchdowns. Driskel was QB5 Week 11 and would be a great fill in QB Week 12 with a potential for more.
Nick Foles (JAC)
Ownership: 20% ESPN, 32% Yahoo
Week 11: 33/47 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and a interception.
47 pass attempts in his first week back under center and has a slew of weapons at his disposal: Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. Jaguars schedule is pretty the rest of the way out. Good fill in QB, but an opportunity for more with the easy match ups.
Jonathan Williams (IND)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 5% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 46%
Week 11: 13 rushes for 116 yards and caught lone target for 31 yards.
Marlon Mack broke his hand and will be out for the next few weeks. Williams stepped up and filled the role nicely. Jordan Wilkins didn’t practice all last week and also was absent Monday. Short week up against the Texans on Thursday Night Football in Houston. Williams and Nyheim Hines will share the load. Potential for 15+ touches.
Gus Edwards (BAL)
Ownership: 4% ESPN, 7% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 40%
Week 11: Eight rushes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Big fan of Gus and his potential to be a great waiver Sloth. Don’t forget that last year his usage started Week 11 and he was an excellent runner for the Ravens. Baltimore looks to be the number one team in the NFL. I expect them to open up Edwards to help save the legs of Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. Ingram only played four more snaps than Gus. Flex consideration as the schedule is rough. The Bus 2.0 is arriving.
Bo Scarbrough (DET)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 2% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 49%
Week 11: 14 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Not Ty Johnson, not JD McKissic, but Bo was the lead back for the Lions in Week 11 and now gets the Redskins in a great match up. More of a standard league play as he wasn’t targeted in the passing game. If he is given the lead role, great waiver snag to power the playoff push.
James Washington (PIT)
Ownership: 20% ESPN, 8% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 85%
Week 11: Caught three of five targets for 45 yards.
Fellow receivers Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster both are in concussion protocol (JuJu also tweaked knee on same play). If they were forced to miss, James Washington and Johnny Holton would be the main options for Mason and the Steelers against the 0-10 Bengals. Averaged 5.6 targets per game over last five. That could hit double digits in Week 12.
Taylor Gabriel (CHI)
Ownership: 7% ESPN, 7% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 91%
Week 11: Hauled in seven of 14 targets for 57 yards.
Giants at home and on the road versus Detroit for his next two games to take you to the playoffs. Fourteen targets is no joke in the volume department. Taylor didn’t do much with them, but will be a fine flex play for Weeks 12 and 13. Has averaged over 11 points per game over last four in PPR. If you recall, in Week Three blew up for 32.2 points. Chase the volume.
Hunter Renfrow (OAK)
Ownership: 8% ESPN, 14% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 44%
Week 11: Snagged five of six targets for 66 yards.
Hunter’s fourth straight game with four or more catches. His involvement in the offense is apparent. Week 12 the Raiders travel to take on the Jets and Renfrow should have an opportunity to sparkle against one of the worst defenders against opposing wide receivers.
Chris Conley (JAC)
Ownership: 17% ESPN, 13% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 95%
Week 11: Caught six of eight targets for 58 yards.
Four straight games with seven plus targets on the waiver wire? Led the Jaguars in snaps for position players. Next two tilts against Tennessee and Tampa Bay. Averaged over 12.5 points per game in past four. Sneaky addition and remember, Foles threw it 47 times.
Dallas Goedert (PHI)
Ownership: 28% ESPN, 19% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 81%
Week 11: Caught three of six targets for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Four plus targets in five straight games. After this weeks game against the rested Seahawks, the next three match ups are at Miami, home against the Giants and at Washington; those teams are a combined 5 and 25. Has scored an average of 11.28 points per game over last five. I trust him way more than Howard the Duck…
Jacob Hollister (SEA)
Ownership: 15% ESPN, 32% Yahoo
Week 11 was on a bye.
Jacob has scored three touchdowns over his past two games. Russell Wilson enjoys throwing to high tight ends and Hollister has excelled. Ed Dickson could be activated and eat into his targets. Over past two games has played 79% of the teams snaps.
Grab onto loose ropes, gasp for air, do all you can to hang on for dear life. Make the best and most educated decisions, knowing that you could be totally wrong. Don’t blame others, you locked your lineup and Brian Hill doesn’t care about your fantasy team. I will leave you with a text message sent from a good friend and a GM who beat me Week 11. “FU so called experts. First it was Ty Johnson now it was Brian hill. Garropolo was on me. Love you!”
Good luck and hope you are back for more next week… that means you made it out of the rubble.
Todd D Clark – Fantasy Bro
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